About Glenn Fricker

Greetings, I'm Glenn Fricker, engineer here at Spectre Sound Studios. I love making records, and after doing it for sixteen years, I want to pass on what I've learned. Featuring tutorials on how to record guitar, bass, real drums and vocals. There's reviews and demos of tube amps, amp sims, drums, mics, preamps, outboard gear, and plugin effects. Everything you've wanted to learn about recording Hard Rock & Heavy Metal can be found right here on my channel! I also respond to your comments & questions: The best make it into the SMG Viewer's Comments series of videos. Loads of fun, lots of laughs. Thanks for reading!

Checking out Schecter SUSTAINIAC guitars with Pete Thorn!

I've been a Schecter fan for about 10 years. I have a HELLRAISER that I use in the studio all the time. Generally when a client brings in a crap guitar that won't stay in tune, or bad electronics, or bad set up. or bad strings or whatever. I'll be like "hey, here's my

SMG Viewer’s Comments #118 – Best mic for under $200?

Happy Friday!Let's jump right in! I got a question about adding acoustic treatment to a room dorm room (or place you don't own). I touched on this last week- use your closet as a bass trap! It works great! For those of you who missed it, I've included those instructions below the video on this

Greatest Recording interface ever? RME Fireface UFX+

I have been a longtime RME user. I got my first Fireface 800 way back in 2005. And I've worked with it every single day in the studio until last summer until I switched over to the UFX+. The UFX simply put, is a freaking monster. It tops out at 188 channels. That's 94

Hearing the truth: Adam A7x Studio Monitors

Powering these up for the first time was one of those very rare moments where everything suddenly became clear... but let's take a step back for a second. ADAM approached me about doing something back at MusicMesse, and I've had their A7x Studio Monitors sitting around for quite a while. This week I decided

Home Recording with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

If you're in a bedroom or home studio and probably won't be tracking live drums, an 8 channel unit might not be for you. That's why I asked my friends at Focusrite if they could send me the Scarlett 2i2... so I could test it out for myself and see just what it could do!

SMG Viewer’s Comments #117 – Gang Vocals, Made in China, World Peace

Happy Friday! Just a quick reminder- I'm going to be in NYC between October 18th - 21st for the AES Convention.! Hit me up and we’ll get a meet-up going! “I’m so excited… only $225 for a Chinese Celestion, and some Chinese pressboard w0w..!!” - Embree Smith Look, shit is made in China these

15 Year Old strings on a Dirt Cheap Bass: Shootout

Ugh. Bass players. Where to start? You've seen my Rule #2 shirts, right? I digress. Today we have something really cool! An ultra cheap bass guitar that had 15 year old strings on it. I’ve seen a lot situations where a bass player comes into the studio and hasn’t put new strings on, but I don’t

How to record Voice Overs (Tutorial)

Had a few requests for this one! How do I record voice overs? How do I get my voice to sound so smooth and all that shit? My friends over at Rode send me their Rode NT1-A Complete Vocal Recording kit, which is what I'm using in this video tutorial. I've been a big

Best “Bang for the Buck” guitars ever?

I had a chance to hang out with Kris & Guiallme from Thomann while at Guitcon & we took a look at 4 different Harley Benton models.  Affordable, yet very, very, playable! For those of you who don't know, Harley Benton is a house brand for a popular line of music instruments and equipment

SMG Viewer’s Comments #116 – GET PAID UP FRONT!

Okay, so you don't always need to get paid up front, but there are a few general rules that I follow.  1. If it's an out of town band - get a contract/agreement signed. 2. If it's a local band, I usually don't ask for anything up front and don't actually take payment until I